The Kill Your Darlings team wish all of our readers and friends a joyous and relaxing festive season. We’re taking a break from publishing over the holiday period – we’ll be back on 20 January for another year of great Australian writing. Our office will be closed until 13 January 2020 – if you wish to contact us during this time, email [email protected] and we’ll respond when we can.

Don’t forget that submissions for New Australian Fiction 2020 open on 13 January, and our summer special member offer ends midnight 24 December – new and current subscribers can win a holiday for two to the 2020 Auckland Writers Festival, worth approx. $1500!

To help tide you over, we’ve crunched the numbers and collected some of our most popular articles of 2019:

Tom Holland’s ‘Umbrella’, Womanhood and Me — Kalhari Jayaweera on the embodied feminity in the famous Lip Sync Battle

White Psycho Dream Girls — Nayuka Gorrie on pop culture depictions of rage and freedom

Conversation with Daniel Mallory Ortberg – Oliver Reeson talks to the author and columnist about trans masculinity, privilege and Channing Tatum

So Much This: Cher Tan on the sameness of internet culture

How To Rest: Millie Baylis on chronic illness and finding joy in small days

Bad Taste: Reena Gupta on hipster restaurants and ironic detachment

Where’s Your Daddy?: Laura La Rosa on the rise and fall of mediocre on-screen fathers

Normal: Bryce Groves’ KYD School Writing Prize-winning essay on growing up in the foster system

Everything Anyone Has Ever Said About the Pool — Ellena Savage on the sanitised and politicised pleasure of the municipal pool

‘Who Gives a Shit About Art?’: Lauren Carroll Harris on Acute Misfortune and the Mythical Art Bloke

Plus for more great summer reads, revisit our Indonesia, Aotearoa New Zealand and Spec Fiction/Fantasy showcases from throughout the year – and don’t forget to check out the KYD team’s Best of 2019 and New Australian Fiction 2019 if you need further inspiration.

See you in 2020!